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Rancocas State Park Northern Loop is a 3.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Hainesport Township, New Jersey that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.1 mi Elevation gain 85 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Cross country skiing

Fishing

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Blowdown

Bugs

Muddy

Over grown

Snow

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Waypoints (0)

There are an abundance of trails to choose from within this outer loop that explore a variety of ecosystems. Be aware that bugs can be plentiful throughout the spring and summer.

Weather
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Reviews (391)
Photos (238)
Recordings (409)
Completed (572)
Colby Creek
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HikingBugsGreat!Over grown

I liked it, the river was really nice. A lot of bugs but you’ll be fine if you use bug spray. Beware of snakes came across 2 and one was pretty big.

Sameer Shah
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Hiking

I went in when the temperature was in the high 90s. It was still a great hike. It was definitely on the easier side. Although I did notice bugs and mosquitoes but I did not find them to be quite a nuisance. I think bug spray helped but they were not going too crazy.

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Billy Brown
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HikingOver grown
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mario gray
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Hiking

very good trail. there are a few options to take once here. elevation isn't too bad. bring your bug spray although the bugs didn't seem to care I was wearing mine. use the app to record. makes it easier to find your car when you mix trails.

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Thomas Abbott
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BugsOver grown

Great hike. Yes there is bugs and yes it is muddy but that's hiking for you. There is a tremendous about of biodiversity here with so many types of plants and animals. One of my new favorite hikes.

Will Luttrell
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Hiking

Very difficult trail to follow due to numerous smaller trails intersecting, but otherwise excellent. Need to use the app to stay on course. Very nice and secluded. Parts are quite narrow, and you will be walking through plants and weeds, so be sure to wear your bug repellant.

Laku S
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HikingBugsOver grown

Too many bugs. Wear a full pant and full sleeve shirt. Use bug spray before entering I had to cut short because of bugs

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Jl Marsh
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HikingBugsOver grown

Cool trail. We didn’t walk near the water enough, but it was very woodsy. Biggest complaint is all of the bugs that are buzzing near your face. Be prepared for a lot of swatting. There were a couple sections of path that were overgrown and lord knows what was rubbing against my legs. So wear light pants or be on the lookout for poison ivy as well.

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Michael Downey
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Hiking

Nice trail with a little bit of everything - small field with high grass, woods along a small creek, larger creek views, and hilly woods. The best view is of the Rancocas Creek at about the 1-mile mark. Trails are not well-marked, but AllTrails app was accurate. Easy hike mostly in shade. Just a few bugs. Liked it!

Rose Winering
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Hiking

Perfect

Prashant Awadhiya
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grown

Did this trail in evening. Timing could have been better. The trail was loaded with bugs. Make sure to wear full sleeves and check for ticks. The trail is flat. We did came across couple of good views. Someone was jet skiing in the creek so all the birds had gone.

Muhammad Yusuf
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Hiking

not for biking

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Douglas Marshall
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HikingBugsOver grown

Nice little walk through the woods. Its fairly flat however there are some parts that are overgrown and there’s a few downed trees, likely due to the recent storms that came through. There are a lot of opportunities to deviate from the path here there’s a whole other section that goes back further into the nature preserve. Overall the trails are clearly marked and I had no trouble following them, I’ll definitely be coming back to check out some of the other trails.

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mario gray
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Hiking

very nice marked trails. good for easy hiking. grades not very steep. if you like a woody feel then you will definitely enjoy

John Perdue
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HikingBlowdown
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sabrina bunkeut
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HikingBugsOff trail
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Octavia Addison
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HikingMuddyOver grown
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Missi Alger
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Hiking

Very hard to follow trail. Following white then changed to brown then yellow. Even with the app, still difficult. Will try again. Very peaceful!

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Stephanie B
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Hiking

Really enjoyable trail! Not super challenging but very unique and variety of sights and feels. We didn’t do the whole loop because we stopped to do a little fishing and had to head home before it got dark. Will definitely return though!

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Bob Zambon
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Off trail

Be aware that part of the Whispering Woods Trail/Yellow Trail is wrong on the app map and actually leads to a very easily mistaken branch where you can go left and miss that the path turns right. Scenic, but not really a path after a bit and you'll need to either turn around or go through some brush (follow the river) to get back to the trail an the scenic point marked on the park maps.

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